Russia receives note on non-extension of Friendship Treaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent the relevant note to Russia on September 21
12:46, 25 September 2018

Russia received an official note from Ukraine on the non-extension of the Friendship Treaty, as Andriy Rudenko, the Director of CIS Second Department of Russian Foreign Ministry, TACC reports.

“The Charge d'Affaires (on Ukraine) brought us a note on Monday,” the diplomat said.

Earlier, the President Petro Poroshenko introduced the decision of NSDC on termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia.

As the president’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko noted, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will inform Russia before September 30, and Poroshenko will introduce the bill to the parliament.

Related: Order on termination of Friendship Treaty between Russia, Ukraine comes into force

As it was reported earlier, the Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty of 1998 fixed the principle of strategic partnership, the recognition of the inviolability of existing borders, respect for territorial integrity and mutual commitment not to use its territory to harm the security of each other. The treaty automatically renews on each 10th anniversary of its signing, unless one party advises the other of its intention to end the treaty.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council approved the initiative of President Petro Poroshenko, who offered to discontinue the Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation with the Russian Federation for ten years-long period.

Related: Russia regrets Ukraine's decision to terminate Friendship Treaty

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